Chris King launching ‘affordable living tour’ – Florida Politics

Chris King launching ‘affordable living tour’

Running on his primary economic theme, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King announced he’ll be campaigning in South Florida on an “affordable living tour.”

King, of Winter Park, is an entrepreneur of affordable housing developments and has made economic issues from living wages to free college tuition to housing a central theme of his campaign.

His campaign announced he’ll kick off a week-long South Florida “Affordable Living Tour” Thursday, running through Jan. 17. The tour will span Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties; exact times and locations of stops have not yet been announced.

“Too many Floridians have been left out and left behind –– we need new leaders in Tallahassee who will champion new ideas to make life easier for Florida’s working families,” King stated in a news release issued by his campaign.

King faces Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee for the Democratic nomination. The leading Republicans are Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

“I built affordable housing for seniors as an entrepreneur and I’ll use the same innovative ideas to build a fair economy that supports affordable living,” he continued. “We’ve got to abandon the old way of doing things –– we can’t focus on fixing problems in silos. Wages, health care, housing and infrastructure are all interrelated so we need to address affordable living as a whole.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.
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